Posts in category "Oaklawn Park"

2016 Arkansas Derby Preview

This piece is jointly submitted for Thorofan’s Handicapper’s Corner. Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas brings down the curtain on its 2016 meet with its traditional closing day feature, the Grade One $1,000,000 Arkansas Derby.  It carries, like other April preps, a 100-40-20-10 allotment of Kentucky Derby qualifying points.  The Arkansas Derby was first created... Read more »

2016 Fantasy Stakes Preview

Picks and Ponderings provides full coverage of the busiest weekend of Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks prep races this weekend. Here, we focus on the one three-year-old prep race at Oaklawn: the Fantasy Stakes.  Oaklawn has a Derby prep as well — but that will not be run until next week, as part of closing... Read more »

2016 Rebel Stakes Day Preview

We visited Oaklawn last week for the Honeybee (GIII), a Kentucky Oaks prep.  We return this week for its corresponding Derby prep, the Grade II Rebel Stakes, as well as a pair of stakes for older horses.  The three races have several things in common, despite the age difference.  All three are graded.  All three... Read more »

2016 Honeybee Stakes Preview

Oaklawn is the only spur of the Kentucky Oaks trail this week, and this preview turns its focus there. However, the Derby trail leads to both Tampa Bay Downs and Santa Anita this week, and we will not leave those races unexamined.  Nicolle Neulist delves into the Tampa Bay Derby (GII).  Paul Mazur goes west,... Read more »

2016 Southwest Stakes Preview

President’s Day often means a day off school for the kids and a great sale on a mattress.  As it’s a Monday, it’s often taken as part of a three-day weekend.  Picks & Ponderings tackled the racing at the start of the weekend with Paul Mazur looking at the G3 El Camino Real Derby from... Read more »

2016 Martha Washington Stakes Preview

Saturday’s card at Oaklawn features the second stakes of the season for three-year-old fillies: the $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes.  Opening day featured the six-furlong Dixie Belle, but the Martha Washington’s one-mile distance begins to bring out those fillies who may be able to stretch out for later preps, or even the nine-furlong Oaks itself. In... Read more »

2016 Smarty Jones Stakes Preview

The winter and spring meet at Oaklawn Park got underway on Friday.  Their road to the Kentucky Derby starts on Monday, with the Smarty Jones Stakes. The Smarty Jones is a one-mile dirt race, the first in a series of Kentucky Derby preps over the Hot Springs oval.  The series continues with the Southwest Stakes... Read more »

2015 Arkansas Derby and Oaklawn Handicap Preview

This weekend, the Oaklawn Park meet draws to a close.  The Racing Festival of the South comprises nine stakes through the final week of the season, and the final day includes a pair of graded stakes.  Both races are nine-furlong dirt tests: the Arkansas Derby (GI) for the sophomore set, as well as the Oaklawn... Read more »

2015 Fantasy Stakes Preview

The second weekend of do-or-die prep races for the three-year-old set gets underway this weekend.  Most tracks pair their biggest Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks preps on the same weekend, but Oaklawn runs things a little differently.  The Arkansas Derby (GI) does not take place until next weekend, but the Fantasy Stakes (GIII) anchors the... Read more »

2015 Rebel Stakes Day Preview

Picks & Ponderings last week visited Arkansas for one race, the Grade Three Honeybee Stakes for fillies bound for the Kentucky Oaks that could reappear at the start of April in the G3 Fantasy Stakes, part of Oaklawn’s Racing Festival of the South. This week, Picks & Ponderings sticks with Oaklawn Park again for three... Read more »